Six Word Story: Luck

This post is for The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge. This week’s theme is luck.

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Copper circle glints: fortune’s promise claimed.


I have to admit that I was a little stumped at first when it came to this week’s prompt. I had a number of different ideas but nothing that really leapt out at me. Then I visited the blog of the lovely Sabina Ayne and discovered that today is National Lucky Penny Day. This immediately brought one of my favourite traditional rhymes to mind:

See a penny,
Pick it up,
All day long you’ll have good luck.

See a penny,
Let it be,
Then bad luck will come to thee.

See a penny,
Pass it on,
Then your luck will never end.

 I noticed when googling the rhyme that everyone seems to have a slightly different version of it. I’d love to know which version you know.

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9 Comments on “Six Word Story: Luck

    • I’ve always known the first two but the third was taught to me by a friend at university. I’ve always been fascinated by traditional rhymes and stories and like to collect different versions of them. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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  1. nice post on luck and finding a lucky penny. where i grew up we were forbidden from picking up pennies or coins when out walking especially at a crossroads, it is believed that people threw away their bad luck in the form of these little coins and transferred it to the person who picked it up. the opposite to your lovely story today and i prefer to believe in good fortune rather than bad, but just to comment that it meant something else in another culture.

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  2. I’ve heard this saying before…do not know of another one. It reminds me…. of owning a pair of loafers….they called them penny loafers and had a place to insert a penny on top of each shoe. We called them our “lucky” shoes.

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  3. I only knew the first verse. Probably from “Grease” (just before the big race when Kenickie bends down to “pick it up” and gets smacked in the head by the car door, if I remember correctly) heh heh.

    Nice little six word tale 🙂

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  4. I’ve heard the first two verses but not the third.

    I too was stumped by the prompt this week, my son begged me to use it and I just couldn’t say no to that little face!

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